I got let go today but my company (based in NYC) still owes me money, about $12,000 after tax, roughly. Shortly after letting me go, the company asked me to sign a general release. This, in theory, would release them from having to pay me my salary. This seems to me to be an extremely morally suspect move.
Am I right in thinking this? How should I proceed? I am asking law friends to recommend some employment lawyers, but other than this, can I do anything else? I want to claim unemployment ASAP and start working elsewhere ASAP, but I obviously cannot afford to sign a general release and let go of my claim to unpaid salary. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Please let me know if there are any clarifying questions.